Internships

Internships

Seeking interns for Winter/Spring 2020:

 

Catapult/Counterpoint/Soft Skull is seeking interns to provide support to our teams in our Berkeley office. We’re looking for two part-time interns to work 20 hours a week from January 2020 until June 2020. The internship is paid ($15/hr). This is not a remote position, and both interns must be able to work out of our Berkeley office.

Duties will vary widely day-to-day, but we rely on our interns for time-sensitive, essential work. Our California office has hired three previous interns to in-house staff positions and proudly strive to help all of our exemplary interns with their job searches upon completing the internship with us.

Typical duties will include packing and mailing books and other promotional materials, researching and gathering media lists, social media research, writing galley letters and pitches, composing press releases, copy editing, and various administrative tasks across the company’s publicity and marketing departments. They will also occasionally assist our editorial departments. Interns will work closely with a variety of talented, motivated, and creative people to gain hands-on experience at one of the largest independent publishers today.

The ideal candidates will be exceptionally detail-oriented, organized, open to constructive feedback, efficient, a clear communicator, interested in learning the business of publishing, self-managed, able to work well in a fast-paced environment, passionate about the literary world, knowledgeable about media outlets (diverse and niche interest knowledge is a plus), and comfortable learning new software and systems. Interns must have some familiarity with Google Drive, InDesign, and Photoshop. Cision and Meltwater experience is a major plus.

People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Please email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to Lena Moses-Schmitt at info@counterpointpress.com by November 4, 2019, with WINTER/SPRING 2020 INTERNSHIP in the subject line. In the body of your email, include firm start and end dates of availability, as well as all scheduling and accessibility requirements.

 


About

Our small staff is friendly, fun, hardworking, and heavily reliant upon our interns to keep our momentum. We hire people who are thorough, diligent, flexible, and conscientious, and who enjoy a friendly and fast-paced working environment wherein staff rely on their acute attention to detail. Our interns have the ability and eagerness to pitch in on anything—from galley preparation and manuscript proofreading to website updates and author event planning. If you’re smart, computer savvy, an enthusiastic self-starter, and you love books, then we encourage you to apply.

Length of internship

Generally our internships last 6 months. Priority is given to interns who can commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Winter/Spring: January–June
Summer/Fall: July–December

Requirements

All interns must bring their own laptop to work. This internship cannot be done remotely.

How to apply

Email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to info@counterpointpress.com, with INTERNSHIP and  the SEASON(s) you are applying to in the subject line. In the body of your email, include firm start and end dates of availability and how many hours a week you can participate. Please include which operating system you have on your laptop.